An internal Foreign Office memo about September's papal visit to Britain, born of a Friday afternoon brainstorming session involving a group of junior civil servants, resulted yesterday in the demotion of a young official and a formal government apology to the Vatican.
The memorandum, apparently written by staff planning events for the four-day visit by Pope Benedict XVI, suggested he might like to start a helpline for abused children, sack "dodgy" bishops, open an abortion ward, launch his own brand of condoms, preside at a civil partnership, perform forward rolls with children, apologise for the Spanish armada and sing a song with the Queen.
All of this might be enough to set Tony Blair spinning in his grave - if he were dead, that it.
The 'Mormons and Muslims, oh my!' category:
Yet another sexist, irresponsible jerk uses religion to justify his behaviour.
Social assistance regulations in Canada require that deadbeat dads like Hebbadj be sued for child support. Safety nets were set up for the benefit of women and children, not for opportunist men to scam the welfare system - whether they live in Bountiful, BC or Paris, France.
Authorities are looking into whether the Algerian-born Lies Hebbadj was married to four women in French civil ceremonies, which would be highly unlikely. Were he married in religious ceremonies by imams in Algeria or in France, these unions would not count as marriages under French law, said Rabah Hached, a Paris lawyer who specializes in immigration issues. In that case, each of the officially unmarried women could potentially receive state aid for her children. [...]
Hebbadj, defended his lifestyle Monday by turning the notion of polygamy on its head. [...] He did not specify whether he lives under the same roof with the various women in his life, although press reports have quoted neighbors as saying he moves between several houses. Hebbadj, whose robed image has been flashed around France by TV, runs a recently opened halal butcher shop.
Finally, the flatulence and flamboyance category.
Ezra "Ezrant" Levant should fire his stylist and his acting coach - unless this performance as a rabid, zionist, rightwing ReformaTory Craig Russell was planned, to stupify his political and ideological enemies.
Here's the incomparable Russell. Wait for the cheeky Anita Bryant impersonation.